Footpath for pedestrians or shop owners?

Aatif Qayoom

Traders and vendors have occupied footpaths of handwara town locals of handwara are tired of complaining about the difficulties they face while commuting on roads and while walking on footpaths.

While police have taken some measures to clear up space on roads by towing away vehicles from no-parking zones, MCH does not appear to have bothered to free footpaths of encroachments.

Although MCH has launched several drives to clear encroachments from footpaths, it has failed to curb the menace permanently.

Due to its failure to keep a strict vigil on footpath encroachment, many shopkeepers and vendors are still running their business on footpaths leaving no space for pedestrians to walk. Encroached footpaths can be found in handwara town easily.

Vehicles being parked on pavements in market areas is a common sight in the town. To add to this, pushcart vendors selling food and other items set up shop on footpaths without any fear of being penalized.

a local resident told that the shopkeepers have extended their shops to the road limits, causing narrow gauge roads.

It becomes very difficult for commuters, especially during the peak hours when students come for institutions.

Locals appeal Deputy Development Commissioner Kupwara, ADC Handwara, SP Handwa to look into the matter